The One About the Birthday Prints

So we have just entered my birthday month and I have been reminiscing the grand time I had last year. My dearest threw me a birthday party and invited the 30 most nearest and dearest to me.

A number of gifts I received were beautiful fabric in Pacific Islands, Indonesian, and African prints. Most of these I had stitched right away, but never got around to posting about them.

Of the Pacific Island prints, I made straight dresses dressed up in belts or bows. The African/Ankara print was made into a fit and flare dress with off-shoulders.

The black batik print is what I haven’t dared to stitch yet. Hopefully I get the time to work on it before the next time I turn 30!

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The One About the Handblock Fabric Planters

For sometime now I have been trying to find a monochrome fabric to cover up the old and ugly planter for my yellow palm. I considered just changing the pot, but decided against it as I am afraid I might damage the roots while re-potting. So I thought of placing it in a fabric plant holder. I especially liked this idea as I could easy change the planter if I wanted to shift the plant to a room with a different colour scheme.

While looking for and failing to find the right print/feel for the fabric, I came across this canvas type white fabric at Atlas [Suva City branch]. It had the right feel, but no prints. No problem I thought to myself, you can do your own designs. And so here I was this weekend, cutting out stencils from used plastic binder covers and getting fabric paint under my nails.

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I made one big planter and had fabric left over, so made a few smaller ones as well. I am absolutely pleased with the outcome!

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Just for reference, here is a picture of what I am hiding under that gorgeous planter.

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The One About the Black Long Coat

While planning for our trip to Europe in August, I desperately searched for a long coat. One that wasn’t too thick but would still provide some cover on a chilly evening. Needless to say, I didn’t find anything to my liking anywhere in Suva.

Since I had already set my mind on a long coat, I couldn’t shake off the idea. So, I created one 🙂

Its a simple make, but took me a good 3 hours  to cut and stitch as I had never made a coat before. I have since then taken every opportunity to sport the SJmade piece around the world!

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The One About the Framed Fabric

Some years back while in Bali, I got greedy and bought more Batik fabric than I needed. The prints were so intricate and the fabric itself was so soft, I couldn’t help myself. After making a few pieces to wear, I thought to make a wall hanging of one of the prints. These were after all meant to be souvenirs.img_3693

I had pallet wood leftover from another project so all I had to do was measure, cut and staple.

Once the frame was set, all I did was to drape the fabric around and use the staple gun to pin it in place. And then, I had a lovely wall hanging which would remind me of time spend sipping coffee in Ubud.

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The One About the Rustic Coffee Table

What is one to do when they inherit their grandfathers’ armchair and doesn’t have a table to go with it? Well, you create one of course! I had some pallet wood leftover from my last project which I had wanted to use up. So I set to work, working out how to maximise the resources at hand.

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Once pulled apart, and cut to measure, it took another 7 months before I would revisit this project.

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Fury likes to inspect my work ensuring the nails are straight and the base balanced.

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I didn’t do any research on wood stains, so I ended up with something that totally covered the raw look of the wood. It matters not though, the stain covered up the pallet labels and some odd stains. Did you read that? The stain covered up the stains 😀

To match the coffee table I had to stain the armchair, which we can agree was in dire need of an upgrade.

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And when all is done, dried, and dusted, I have myself a lovely little space to enjoy my morning coffees.

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The One With The Polka Dots – 2

I think I have professed my love for polka dots in a previous post, so I will just get started on the pieces I created.

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This fabric was bought and stitched more than a year ago but I only got around to wearing the dress this week! The design is very similar to the white dress for my civil union, just the skirt is a hi-low cut.

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The leftover fabric was of course utilised and was turned into a blouse. The neckline is a bit of a cowl design, a bit; with a bow.

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Not bad for a 3 metre fabric costing FJD18 now is it?

The One With the Grid Prints

It has been a long, long time since I have stitched. Or posted on this blog. I had been busy feeding my soul by traveling to far flung places. Since I couldnt travel with my sewing machine, I had to supress the urge to create until I was back to my humble abode.

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The first piece I worked on was the grid print as the monochome inspired me. I am not sure how I feel about the finished product though.

I had made a blouse and a pair of pants, I am not brave [or silly?] enough to wear them together.

The pants are comfy and have pockets, which are always useful. However, I am just not too sure about them. What do you think?